São Paulo – Created last month in order to supply Governor Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) with an answer to suspicions of cartel formation and bid-rigging in the São Paulo subway and commuter rail systems, the Movimento Transparência is already subject to critics from its own members.
The principal aim of the initiative, according to an announcement by Alckmin on August 9, was to follow the actions of the government and provide transparency to investigations stemming from the so-called Siemens Affair. To date, however, this has not happened, say members of the commssion.
Comprising 12 civil society groups and coordinated by the Comptrolller-General of Administration — the state agency in charge of accounting controls and corrections — the Transparency Movement was created a little over a month after the investigation broke in the news.
It has met only twice.
On July 4, antitrust agency CADE publicly announced an operation of searches and seizures in partnership with the Polícia Federal, hoping to unravel a suspected cartel in the passsenger rail sector in São Paulo.
Alckmin announced the state would sue Siemens for damages to the state treasury and that the state CGA would carry out its own investigation. Skeptics doubt that an agency run on political patronage will get much done,
“In terms of results, our work has been very ineffective,” said Paulo Itacarambi, VP of the Instituto Ethos, which is a member of the commission.
Cynics say the point of the commission was lack of results, from the very beginning.
Renamed. Uncomfortable with the name chosen by Alckmin, the participating groups decided to rebaptize the project as the “External Accompaniment Group.” “TranSParência was the idea of some marketer over there at the Palace, said Claudio Weber Abramo, president of the NGO Transparência Brasil. At the first meeting, he asked CPTM and Mêtro about the procedures for setting baseline prices in their auction bids.
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